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Repeat Customers Are Amazing!

24 Jul

So, I’m busy gearing up for Keen Halloween, and I get a message from a customer. “Oh no,” I wonder, always thinking the worst, “did the pompom fall apart?” As I was clicking to read, I was already calculating in my head if I had the yarn left to fix it (I do that for people).

But no – she wanted to buy more hats! It was the lady who saw the Martha tam at Phoenix Comicon, and then contacted me through my Etsy store to see if I’d sold it yet. I had not, so it was hers! She didn’t even realize that it was a cosplay piece, she just loved the hat.

So now, some lucky person is going to get one (in a different color) as a gift! And her child absolutely needs a Rainbow Dash hat, and who am I to refuse such a request. 🙂

If you want to make one yourself, the pattern is listed for free on the Midnight Designs site (there’s also a link to the pattern on her Ravelry). I used the Wool-ease yarn and hook size suggested, and it’s so soft and gorgeous. You definitely don’t need to be a Doctor Who fan to love it!

martha-tam

Of course, this means I have to put my skulls on hold for a bit, but I promise to post them as soon as I can.

 

 

Reblocking a cheap hat

25 Feb

I loves me some Agent Carter!!!

I’ve always loved the clothes of the 1940’s anyway, and already have a bunch of dress & pants sewing patterns anyway.

Stetson has re-released the classic red Aviatrix hat that they use on the show, but since it’s made with a fine, classy wool felt, I can’t wear it. I’m not just “eeewww it’s itchy” allergic, it’s more like “oh dang, hives” allergic (and it’s not the lanolin, either, so using super-wash merino or alpaca doesn’t help. Trust me, I spent money experimenting with different yarns. Also, I’m not allergic to lotions that contain lanolin).

So, I finally found an acrylic hat from one of those inexpensive Chinese sites that had the correct size brim. So many hats have the short trilby style look rather than the full fedora!

I was thrilled when it got there! To keep the shipping inexpensive as well, it was shipped rolled up in a plastic envelope. I knew that hats could be re-blocked, but I’d never done it before, so it made me nervous.

To the googles!! The first few sites that I read were very complicated, and used a garment steamer, which I don’t have. Thank goodness I finally found a great tutorial from someone who used a steam iron! She starts right from scratch, so if I ever feel like doing that, now I know how, lol.

trying to keep the flipped-up part in place as it dries

trying to keep the flipped-up part in place as it dries

I’m ridiculously excited about how it’s coming out. I steam the crap out of the top parts until they’re hot, then smooth out the wrinkles with my fingers. It’s working out better than I expected! For the brim, I just ironed it flat, then curled up the brim with my hands. I was blowing on it to cool it down, but then decided to set it down until it dried out. Now, to figure out the best way to form the flipped-down side. 🙂

And yes, if it works well enough, they’ll be in my Etsy store! Not real soon – it takes a while to get to me from overseas, lol.

Phoenix Comicon Fan Fest

2 Feb

*whew* – I survived!

YES, it was in December … but then I was shipping holiday orders then vending in January at a smaller craft sale. Busy, I tells ya. But here I am. 🙂

I’ve been searching for hours for the pic a friend took of my table. It’s hit that “stuff I know I have but the Universe doesn’t want me to have it black hole”. Here’s a much better one, though – my Faux-lita wig/hat found it’s forever home!

Fauxlita_FanFest2015

 

I don’t always run out from behind my table to take a pic of my customers, but Teh Cute was too much to resist. Seriously. I know you’re not even reading the rest of this blog post because you can’t look away. Me either. Later.

Writing Up My Patterns!

28 Aug

Hi guys!

I’ve been super busy filling custom orders and designing new stuff, and totally NOT getting around to writing up the patterns of mine that people have been asking for. First up will be the Pac-Man ghost hat. Which is now Video Game Ghost Hat, after receiving a letter from Bandai’s lawyers, lol. YOU CAN’T TAKE THE SKY FROM ME! AGAIN!

Next pattern will be the pony hat pattern. It’s rather involved … not because the hat is complicated, just that there are so many parts. And a few extra now – one of the custom orders I got was for the Equestria Girls version of Pinkie, who wears a headband with yellow ears sometimes. I guess; I like the cartoon, but haven’t seen the movie yet.

Equestria Girl Pinkie

Breakfast on Your Head

24 Jun

DONE with Phoenix Comicon, finally. I love helping plans come together, but I don’t get much else done when I do, lol. While relaxing, I found this AWESOME pattern online for a bacon scarf. Instead of a flat ripple, it was all “curly” like real bacon! I was in love. Then a friend said “Now all you need  is a fried egg hat.” My friends are geniuses.

 

Bacon 'n eggs 'n croissant - ON YOUR HEAD!

Bacon ‘n eggs ‘n croissant – ON YOUR HEAD!

 

Since the scarf pattern was free on the internet, I think it’s only fair that the hat is, too. If you’ve ever crocheted a hdc hat before, this will be very, very familiar to you. 🙂

For the hat, I used Caron One Pound in Sunflower and White, and for the scarf I used Vanna’s Choice in Brick and Sand.

Fried Egg Hat

You’ll need:
Sz J (6 mm)  & sz H (5 mm) hooks, worsted weight yarn in egg yellow and off white/aran

Hat is worked in a spiral. If you prefer to join each round, start the next with a ch 1

With J hook:
Round 1: 8 hdc in adjustable loop [8 sts]
R2: 2 hdc in each st around [16 sts]
R3: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in the next st) 8x. [24 sts]
R4: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 2 sts) 8x. [32 sts]
R5: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 3 sts) 8x.  [40 sts]
R6: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 4 sts) 8x. [48 sts]
R7: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 5 sts) 8x. [56 sts]
R8: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 6 sts) 8x. [64 sts]
R9: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7sts) 2x, 1 hdc in each remaining st around [66]
R10: 1 hdc in each st around [66]
R11-R15: repeat R10 [66]

Switch to sz H (5 mm) hook and white yarn

R16: Working in FLO,  hdc in ea st around.
R17: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 7 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [74 sts]
R18: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 8 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [82 sts]
R19: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 9 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R20: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 10 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R21: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 11 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R22: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 12 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R23: (2 hdc in 1st st, 1 hdc in each of the next 13 sts) 8x, hdc in ea of two remaining sts. [ sts]
R24: *Skip 2 sts, 6 dc in next st, sk 2 sts, sc in next st*, repeat around.
R25: Work a row of crab stitch (reverse single crochet) around, fasten off.

Croissant

Ch 29
Row 1-10: sc across, ch 1, turn (28)
Row 18: dec, sc in next 24, dec, ch 1, turn (26)
Rows 19-21: sc across, ch 1, turn (26)
Row 22: dec, sc in next 22, dec, ch 1, turn (24)
Rows 23-25: sc across, ch 1, turn (24)
Row 26: dec, sc in next 20, dec, ch 1, turn (22)
Rows 27-29: sc across, ch 1, turn (22)
Row 30: dec, sc in next 18, dec, ch 1, turn (20)
Row 31-33: sc across, ch 1, turn (20)
Row 34: dec, sc in next 16, dec, ch 1, turn (18)
Rows 35-37: sc across, ch 1, ch 1, turn (18)
Row 38: dec, sc in next 14, dec, ch 1, turn (16)
Rows 39- 41: sc across, ch 1, turn (16)
Row 42: dec, sc in next 12, dec, ch 1, turn (14)
Rows 43-45: sc across, ch 1, turn (14)
Row 46: dec, sc in next 10, dec, ch 1, turn (12)
Rows 47-49: sc across, ch 1, turn (12)
Row 50: dec, sc in next 8, dec, ch 1, turn (10)
Rows 51-53: sc across, ch 1, turn (10)
Row 54: dec, sc in next 6, dec, ch 1, turn (8)
Rows 55-57: sc across, ch 1, turn (8)
Row 58: dec, sc in next 4, dec, ch 1, turn (6)
Rows 59-61: sc across, ch 1, turn (6)
Row 62: dec, sc in next 2, dec, ch 1, turn (4)
Rows 63-65: sc across, ch 1, turn (4)
Row 66: dec across, ch 1, turn (2)
Row 67: sc across (2)

FO and weave in ends; leave thread on tip to sew down.

To keep it’s shape, you could roll it up around a pipe cleaner or floral wire. I didn’t because I was sewing the edges to a pat of “butter”. Start from the widest end and roll up; secure with a yarn needle or pin while you sew up the tip. Or glue it, whatever, it’s your food!

Butter:

Ch 6

Rows 1-12: Sc 5 across, ch 1, turn

Fold in half, sl st around all four edges

 

You don’t have to sew them together exactly the way I did, have fun with it. Now all your vegan friends can have bacon as well!

 

Oh wow, look how long it’s been since I’ve posted…

4 Feb Baby Jayne Cobb w/Hat

Sorry, been busy!! Starting in Sept I got slammed with not-Jayne hat orders for Halloween. I thought I’d have a break before holiday orders started, but I was wrong, lol. Then came the first of the year “I have holiday money to spend” orders. They’ve slowed to a trickle now, and I somehow ended up with an extra newborn-sized hat. Well, what else could I do?

Baby Jayne IMG_5654

Jewel Staite Loves my Hats!

30 Sep

Where you find out just how often The Glitzy Faery updates her blog…

OK, so … you may have heard that a bunch of us Etsy shop owners received cease-and-desist letters from Fox, telling us that we were violating their copyright by selling “Jayne” hats. Why would they care now, and ENTIRE DECADE after the show “Firefly” had been cancelled? Well, a hat manufacturer went to them to get the Official Licence  To Sell Jayne Hats. Which none of us thought of, because we make all of OURS one at a time, by hand, and couldn’t supply the demand that you’d need to do to, say, get listed on ThinkGeek or something (after the media brouhaha, TG now gives their portion of the profits to charity.)

The official hat isn’t all that great, though. The colors are off. WAY off. It’s really bright, where the on in the show is more “mustard and rust” than “yellow and red”. If you read my original blog post, you know how much work I did on getting mine EXACTLY, PRECISELY right. Yes, I am a nerd. That’s Ms Nerd to you!

So, my roommate wears the No-Longer-A-Jayne-Hat to get his pic taken with Jewel Staite at Phoenix ComiCon. Yes, in May. Yes, it’s now practically October.

ANYWAY. She told him “That’s the best one I’ve seen!”

I’m still squeeing about that. I’m not even joking!

Judge for yourself:

Roommate Tom with JEWEL STAITE, AHHHHH!!!

Roommate Tom with JEWEL STAITE, AHHHHH!!!

Unfortunately you can’t see the pompom, and I’ve been told I make the best pompoms in the ‘Verse. I don’t skimp on the yarn, yo! Ma Cobb would be proud. She just couldn’t admit it to Fox.

If you have NOT checked out my other blog post, there’s a free pattern if you want to make your own. If you don’t have any crafty friends or relatives and would like an Adam Baldwin Not-Jayne hat of your own, check out my Etsy store:
https://www.etsy.com/listing/113255371/not-jayne-hat-knit-earflap-hat-with-pom?

Cute Spring Hat

21 Apr

Yes, I’m swimming here in Phoenix! OK, the water is still kind of cold, but nice once you get used to it. If you’ve ever swum in the Atlantic, you can handle it.

My spring cloche out by the pool

Now, to get my patio umbrella up so I’m not squinting even when I’m not facing into the sun, lol. That’s how you can tell a Phoenix native – no sunglasses. 🙂

Here’s a pic of the one that’s going up in my Etsy store. The yarn is a nice soft acrylic, like baby yarn. Snuggly!

Spring cloche

Now I’m off to finally see “Oz, The Great & Powerful”, so I’m not the last person on earth to so! Not that I always mind, I’m still The Person Who’s Never Seen ‘Titanic’. Hey, I know how it ends already!

The Ultimate “Jayne Hat” pattern

24 Oct

OK, yes – I am a HUGE fan of the show “Firefly” and the sequel movie “Serenity”! I’m involved with the Arizona Browncoats group, and got a message from them to see if I would be interested in making some Jayne hats to raise money for the annual Can’t Stop the Serenity charity event. Of course!

They asked if I had a pattern, but I asked them to give me the same one the others were knitting with for consistency.

After my first one, I looked at it and thought “Wait. That orange bit looks WAY too wide.” I did an image search – EVERYONE’S looked like that!

What the heck? The pattern they gave me said to knit in orange for 4″. When I tried the one I made on, it looked just like the fan version here (and everywhere else on the internet).

I did a search for patterns & found a LOT, but they all said to knit 4″ of orange, and a few comments from people saying that it was too wide and re-made it with less orange. I wondered where they got that 4″ measurement from?

I looked at the screenshot pic, and thought that the orange stripe in the official hat looks like it’s the same length as Adam Baldwin’s nose. Zooming in and using a ruler I confirmed that that was true. I then measured my nose (I’m 5′ 2″) and got 2″. I messaged a large male friend (6′ 5″), and confirmed that his nose was indeed 4″. My roommate is just over 6′, however, and his nose was 2 1/2″!

My roommate wanted a hat, so I made his with a 3″ orange stripe. It looks good on him, but I thought it still didn’t look right. For my Etsy store, I make them with a 2″ orange stripe, with the total hat( before decreasing) still at 7″.  Maybe you could measure your nose & go with that, lol.

What I was going for was the LOOK, rather than “what are the dimensions of the original?” Like my first drawing teacher said, “Don’t recreate what’s there, that’s what photographs are for. Make it BEAUTIFUL.”

(Edit: Yes, I do sell them in my Etsy store here.)

And now you want to make one as well, right? Of course! Here’s the pattern, with my adjustments.

Jayne Cobb Hat Pattern

Materials:

Yarn: “Bulky” or doubled worsted weight, ½ skein orange, ½ skein yellow, ½ skein rust red (aprox 100 yards ea) of bulky, or 1 skein ea of worsted.
I used Lion brand Wool-ease in Gold, Paprika and Chili (2 strands)
[edit 2-20-2014: Lion discontinued Chili, so now I use one strand of Wool-Ease Chestnut Heather and one strand of Bernat Super Value Redwood Heather]
Needles: 16” circular size 10 and 1 set double-pointed size 10
Tapestry needle for weaving in ends

Gauge: 4 st & 4 rows = 1” (or thereabouts) using bulky weight yarn

Techniques you’ll use: Casting on (CO), knit stitch, purl stitch, knitting in the round, basic decrease (knit 2 together [k2tog] and slip slip knit [ssk]), binding off, picking up stitches, weaving in ends, making a pompom.

Sized for a 24” head unstretched (stretches about 4″). For a larger or smaller hat, adjust the number of cast-on stitches in increments of 8.

Body of hat:

Using orange, CO 80. Being careful not to twist stitches, join and place marker to indicate the beginning of the row.

Work k1p1 ribbing for two rows.

Still using orange, knit in stockinette st (knit all) until hat measures 2-3 inches.

At the end of the round, switch to yellow and knit ’til the whole hat is 7 inches.

Decrease:

Round 1: K2tog over entire row, switching to double-pointed needles when hat becomes too small to work on circular. (40 st remaining)

Round 2: Knit all

Round 3: K2tog (20 st remaining)

Round 4: Knit all

Rounds 5 & 6: K2tog. (5 st remain)

Cut yarn, leaving a 6” tail, and draw through remaining stitches to cinch up the top.

Earflaps:

Using rust red, Pick up and knit the 20 stitches along the cast-on edge (you’ll be working in stockinette st).

Row 2: Slip the first stitch and purl to the end.

Row 3: Slip the first stitch and knit to the end.

Repeat rows 2 & 3 until flap measures 2 ½”. (10 rows in bulky)

Row 11: Slip 1, knit 1, ssk, knit to 4 stitches before the end, k2tog, knit 2.

Row 12: Slip the first st and purl to the end.

Repeat rows 11 & 12 until you have 6 sts remaining, ending on a purl row.

Next row: Slip 1, knit 1, ssk, knit to end.

Wrong-side row: Slip the first st and purl to the end.

Repeat these two rows until 3 sts remain. Bind off, leaving a 6” tail.

Repeat with other side of hat.

Pompom:

I made mine with a pom-pom maker from the store. I used the larger size (the package came with two), and wound three layers of yarn, making it VERY thick, which everyone loves. The first layer is wound with three strands of yarn, one of each color. Then I go back over it with just the orange & red, and then a third layer with just the red. At this point, when I close up the pom-pom maker, there’s almost no free “air” in the middle of the circle.

If you don’t have one, here’s a set of directions I found in another one of the free patterns online:

“If you know how to make a pom-pom, skip these directions. Make a pompom about four inches in diameter with a little bit of yellow, some orange, and a lot of rust red and attach it to the hat.

In a nutshell, cut two circles out of cardboard, each about 3 ½ inches in diameter. Make a hole in the middle of both about ¾ of an inch in diameter. (This isn’t precise. I stuck my scissors in the middle and wiggled them around until it looked about right.) Cut a length about the size of your arm of all three colors and thread them onto a tapestry needle. Push the needle through the hole and begin wrapping around the outside, so that you’re covering the cardboard part. When that yarn is gone, cut a length of orange and rust red and repeat. Then cut a length of rust red and repeat. Keep wrapping until you can’t get any more yarn through the middle of the hole in the cardboard.

Take your scissors and cut around the outside of the cardboard circle. Separate the circles just a bit. You’ll see that you have a little bundle of yarn, with the individual pieces all lined up. Take a length of yellow yarn and tie it firmly around the middle part. Remove the cardboard. Tie the pom-pom firmly to the hat. You may want to use a tapestry needle and loop it around more than once so the pom-pom isn’t floppy. Fluff up the pom-pom.”

Finishing:

Sew the pompom to the top of the hat securely, using any color yarn (I use a long strand to tie the pom-pom while making it, and then use those ends to secure to the hat)

Weave in any loose ends, except the ones at the end of the earflaps. Cut another length of rust/red yarn about 12″, thread through the earflap and pull half-way through, knot together right at the edge of the earflap with the tail you had left after binding off. Repeat with other side.

Remember, Ma Cobb isn’t worrying about the odd bit sticking out here and there, so you’ve got some leeway if your hat doesn’t look perfect.

Congratulations! You have a cunning hat!

Cupcake Hats

6 Apr

I’ve been working diligently trying to get some Lego brick pincushions presentable enough to post, but it’s still tax season, and we’ve hit the “Oh crap, it’s April, I should get that stuff done” endgame, lol.

Then I remembered … my non-Facebook fans have not seen my cupcake hats!!!! (yes, the extra exclamation points are necessary)

SO CUTE!

So there’s my finished pieces, my son Vincent out-cunning Jayne (it’s a “Firefly” thing), and me in my first non-sprinkled prototype. And yes, they’re in my Etsy store! So far just finished hats, but I’ll be working on formatting the pattern soon.

Now to queue up my Hulu+ queue and get to crocheting some Legos!

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